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Worlds Apart: Civil Society and the Battle for Ethical Globalization

By: John D Clark

269 pages, Figs


Paperback | Dec 2003 | #137632 | ISBN: 1853839876
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Interprets the arguments both for and against globalization. However it is not a search for middle ground. It takes the proponents of globalization at their word, that it is the solution to global poverty, and looks at the issues from the point of view of poor people and poor countries. It argues for a management of global change that ensures everyone shares in its opportunities - it is a call for 'ethical globalization'. The author uses his unique experience on both sides of the ideological divide - working with NGOs, governments ant the World Bank - to analyse the system's faults and to suggest a framework for transforming global relations and redressing injustices.

'It is good to read a book as sane and yet passionate as this. John Clark's excellent analysis of the state of the world, and the potential role of ordinary people to make it a fairer place, presents options for the public sector, private sector and civil society alike that are immensely practical and doable. He inspires us to keep going' DAVID BRYER, former Director, Oxfam GB 'A serious and informed contribution to the debate on the ethics of globalization. John Clark presents a persuasive case on the real potential of global civil society to influence its course in favour of the less powerful' SALIL SHETTY, Chief Executive, ActionAid, UK 'John Clark focuses on the champions of ethical globalization and presents an insightful overview of global civil society in contemporary times' RAJESH TANDON, President, PRIA, India 'This straightforward and eminently readable book provides a timely and invaluable assessment of the state of global civil society and the challenges it faces as it tries to transform and 'civilize' processes of globalization. An extraordinarily useful overview of the current debates over ethical globalization' KUMI NAIDOO, Secretary General, CIVICUS, South Africa 'A balanced survey of debates surrounding globalization, civil society and global governance. Clearly written and fair to all sides, positions and perspectives' MICHAEL EDWARDS, Director, Governance and Civil Society, The Ford Foundation


Part 1 The impacts of globalization: globalization - agony or ecstasy?; how globalization impacts markets; how globalization impacts the poor; how globalization impacts politics. Part 2 How global change affects civil society: the rise of civil society; civil society in the network era; retaining relevance - 21st-century strategies; protest movements and dot-causes; the backlash. Part 3 The path to ethical globalization: civilizing globalization; making ethics global.

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John Clark is a leading civil society and development expert, having worked with Oxfam, the World Bank, and now a Fellow at LSE. He is the author of Democratizing Development (Earthscan, 1991)

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